Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher feels that Manchester United could miss out on European football altogether based on the current run of form in the Premier League. The Red Devils are placed 14th on the table after the opening nine matches and they are already seven points adrift of the Champions League places.
Speaking on Friday Night Football, Carragher said that the Red Devils have looked out of sorts this term and he does not see them making the push for the top four. He added that Leicester City have a good chance of breaching the top six of the Premier League and that could meant that the Red Devils may miss out on European football altogether.
He told: “I don’t think they’ll get top four. When we’re talking about Leicester getting top six and we’re not quite sure who will miss out, certainly Man United will be one of the big candidates of the top six to miss out, with Leicester going strong. I think it was promising last week for Manchester United, I think first-half they were excellent. But you can’t play like that against the majority of teams they come up against. Actually seeing Manchester United in the next couple of games against Norwich and Bournemouth, they’re tests for Manchester United – are they good enough to go and open those teams up?”
United came up with a strong performance in the league against Liverpool last weekend and they should have secured a 1-0 victory, barring the loss of concentration towards the end where Adam Lallana equalised for the Reds. Despite the result, there continue to remain concerns over the firepower upfront, considering they have failed to score more than one goal since the 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea during the league opener in August.
United ended an 11-match winless streak on the road with a slender 1-0 Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night. They have the opportunity to carry the momentum by putting up a strong display at Norwich Citythis weekend.